Sunday, 24 October 2010

Soccer. Hockey. Rock Climbing.

This week has been so much fun. Thursday was a long day; after going to the Temple in the morning, I had Social Dance and Physical Science, and then a BYU Marketing Association lecture on People Skills. The guy doing the lecture - Roger Preble - was fantastic. As soon as I walked into the room, he shook my hand, and I really liked him. I found out later that there are methods of shaking hands to get the decision making in the situation to like you. In fact, he called me up by name to demonstrate on my in front of the 100-person classroom. I was so stoked just being there; I love marketing and advertising and branding and representation. We were learning how to brand ourselves. Some of the tips he gave us were awesome.
I went for dinner at the Legends Grill with some friends, and then had a ISys101 orientation lecture, before I headed to the women's soccer game against UNLV. I got there with just half an hour to go, and so met my friends there. It was a pretty good game. We tied. After the game I got a picture with Jessica #22 - she is really very cute.

I took Rachael to the hockey game on Friday night, where BYU were playing USU. It was the first ever hockey game I'd been to, and it was pretty good. It was a good game, but we lost. Pretty bad. 11 - 3. We were 11 - 0 down after two-thirds, and then managed to get three points in the last third. And there were two legit hockey fights in the last third. It was pretty intense. Helmets and shirts ripped off, smashing into the barriers. After the game, we were hanging out with the players just in the foyer, when one of the players recognised me from the American Heritage lab. That was cool. It was great to spend time with Rachael, she's awesome. And she got to take home the puck at the end of the game too.

There was a football match Saturday afternoon, but it was raining, so we didn't go to it, instead attempting to fill our time wisely. In the evening, I was planing a date with Christine to make cookies, and then watch the last home soccer game, but it was still raining. SO after cookies were done, we headed with Cody and Suzette to The Quarry. Awesome indoor rock climbing centre. It was so legit. We were there for three and a half hours, and managed to get two and a half hours of climbing in; it was so exhausting, and after climbing a few times, it took so much effort. Christine was really good at both climbing and belaying - some of the time, I'd fall and just sit in the harness, taking a breather and chilling before I decided to attempt to continue. I love climbing, and am pretty good at it - definitely not an expert, but ok - but there was one wall I tried which I just couldn't do. I just couldn't. So I cheated and got to the top a different way. It was seriously such a good night. I was just so exhausted afterwards. Good times. It was great to see Christine again that night.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Homecoming 2010

This weekend has been so much fun. It's Homecoming week here at BYU, and it's my first ever Homecoming, what with me being British and all. It was so much fun. I went to a dance Friday and Saturday, and the football game vs San Diego. It all started on Wednesday evening, when Mitchell and I attempted to write traditional Shakespearean sonnets for the ladies we wanted to ask out. That failed. So we wrote them a note with a rose and left it by their door for them to find. I was so stoked. And it really was awesome. We went on a treasure hunt, made messages in a bottle, petted sting rays, and enjoyed the music. Christine really was so much fun.

Then the football game last night was the best I'd ever seen. We were 14 - 0 up within 13 minutes. It was legit. We got there about 8 minutes after kick off and they had already got a touchdown. It was such a great atmosphere.

Then after the football game, a quick change, and then out to dinner and the Music Through The Ages dance. We picked up the tickets, picked up my date Rikki, and headed to Brick Oven. Such great food. And the dance was fantastic.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Conference Weekend

Conference Weekend was fantastic. Saturday morning, we got up just before 10, and headed over to a friend's apartment to watch it. I had pancakes. Elder Holland's talk this Conference was awesome. He is such as incredible guy. Then, after tidying and cleaning the apartment, we headed out for Salt Lake; our apartment had tickets to the Priesthood session. We were so stoked. We grabbed a Little Caeser's and made our way to SLC. The Priesthood session was probably the best session I've ever seen. Every talk was brilliant. After conference, we went to see my friend Sam who was sick. We gave her a blessing, bought her some hydration fluids and tablets, and then headed back. It was an early start this morning to head to the Sunday Morning Session. It was great. A break, and then the concluding session. President Monson is an incredible man. Some of my favourite speakers over the weekend included Elder Holland, Patrick Kearon, President Packer, Larry R Lawrence, Mervyn B Arnold, and of course, the entire First Presidency. Here are some of my favourite quotes:

We must give up following the world and humble ourselves before the great physician, Jesus Christ, who will recover us from the sting of sin. We can recapture our joy and our inner peace. His Atonement is infinite, and embraces us all -Patrick Kearon

We are here to live according to Christ's law and to build up the Kingdom. We are hre to roll up our sleeves and go to work. We are here to prepare the World for the Second Coming of Christ. In all things, seek to do the will of the Father. Be humble, and full of love. -President Uchtdorf

Stay on the strait and narrow. Don't take a detour. Keep our hearts, eyes, and determination towards that eternal goal. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
-President Monson

If there was a train coming, would you warn your daughter to get off of the tracks, or would you not want to appear overbearing? Have the courage to say 'no'. Be strong and of good courage. Be not afraid. -Larry R Lawrence

How will my name be remembered? Christ can perfect us. We are free to choose for ourself, but are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. The commandments are there to protect us. Jesus is the Christ. -Mervyn B Arnold